Monday, July 21, 2014

DVD review: Protector 2 and Ong Bak trilogy blu rays

I was surprised with review copies of the upcoming Tony Ja blu ray releases for The Protector 2 and the box set Ong Bak trilogy last week.

   First up, I checked out The Protector 2. Tony Ja really needs to microchip that elephant, cuz he get taken again (this time by the RZA). The action goes big and cartoony with a rooftop battle with a dozen bikers. Rhe mayhem takes to the streets when about 150 more show up. Lots of CGI stunts and action, which is a shift from the original. 
   But after, the initial set piece, the films settle into more traditional, practical action (still some CGI, but not as dramatic at the bike gang stuff).
   It's a fun romp with some exciting action. Not as visceral as the original, but still a great modern martial arts action movie.

As for the Ong Bak trilogy, the boxset looks to be a repackage of the individual blu releases. In fact, the UV digital code that came with part 2, expired in 2012.
I rewatched part 2 and it looks and sounds great on blu. So, check out the boxset if you passed on them the first go around.

If you're a martial arts fan then then end of July will be a good time. Both releases come out July 29 from Magnet.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dvd review: Under the Skin

Under the Skin (2014)
The folks at Lionsgate were nice enough to share a screener copy of "Under the Skin" with me to review on the site. It's a lovely piece of art house science fiction. Beautifully shot and well acted. It's nice seeing Scarlett Johanson doing roles like this. It reminds you that she is a very accomplished actor.

The film comes out July 15th on digital, dvd and blu ray. Check it out if you like a slow burn, character study with a sci-fi slant.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Halloween Walgreens windup walkers

Snagged this little guy at Walgreens on the way home from work. They had walking skeletons ans hopping eyeballs. Cute for $1.99

Friday, September 13, 2013

Happy Friday the 13th!

Hope everyone's doing their civic duty and watching some Jason movies.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Beware the Cyclops Ball!

 I love this! Halloween trinkets are filtering in and that means monsters, baby!
The "Cyclops Ball"  is like the love child of a Big Daddy Roth flying eyeball and a Madball. I snagged this this morning at breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Looks like there's a horned on and a fish one (maybe a relative of that radioactive fish from the Simpsons...

Check out the eye-popping action!


Ninja Turtles "Little Golden Book"

I ran across this while grabbing some groceries, a new Little Golden Book for the new Ninja Turtles cartoon. The real kicker is its done in the same beautiful retro illustrated style that they've been using on the last few Pixar books.

The book is by Geof Smith with wonderful illustrations by Steve Lambe and probably the best 3 bucks youll spend all week.

Monday, September 2, 2013

DVD review: The Office season 9 blu ray

Its labor day monday and I'm loafing around watching tv. TV Land is showing the best of Andy Griffith and I'm alternating between that and the Office season 9 blu rays I was sent for reviewing.

I'd lost interest in The Office a few years back and have only caught it off and on until this year. I started watching it semi-regularly on Hulu this season and have been catching up on some episodes I missed with the blu ray release.

It's a decent season. Uneven, but it has its moments. The whole Jim and Pam drama was a bit too soap operay for my taste and revealing the documentary crew felt unnecessary. One of the things I've always liked about the show was the breaking the wall moments of characters looking right at you, making you a part of the proceedings. Adding the camera crew as characters pushed back that intimacy, removing that feeling that you are there and in on the jokes.

But overall, theres plenty to be entertained by and the finale is a success in wrapping up the employees arcs, giving viewers so fan moments and being touching and funny. Something The Office often did to great success.

The show looks great in HD, as one would expect from a modern
network series and the blu offers numerous extras to give fans a reason to own the season.

Special Features include: audition tapes, two hours of deleted scenes, a retrospective documentary, video of the series finale table read, bloopers, music videos and a cast panel exclusive to the blu ray release.